2018 Art Contest Rules

Note – The 2018 HexaCon artist has been selected!

Thank you to everyone who submitted art this year! For those who weren’t selected, please consider submitting to any of our other contests!

Rules for historical archive:

Shiny Garden Art Contest

Shiny Garden is sponsoring a contest for the art to be used to represent HexaCon in things like t’shirts and posters. Check out the information below, and feel free to share the details with others.


Shiny Garden, a nonprofit fighting for equality by growing fan-focused, inclusive communities and creating inclusive events that celebrate diversity.


The event is HexaCon, a tabletop gaming event focusing on boardgaming, RPGs, and miniatures. The purpose of this contest is to create a visual representation of the event in human form.

For example, BoardGameGeek.com has “Ernie”, a boardgaming guy who is shown in different ways on the website and for their conventions, based on the theme. (See: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1108871/happy-14th-birthday-boardgamegeek)

We would like our person to be representative of someone you would find in the community supported by Shiny Garden: the primary groups we aim to support are LGBTQ+ and POC, with a secondary focus on polyamory and other alternative relationship groups.

Shiny Garden would have the rights to use this image in various forms and iterations going forward, and possibly using other artists to depict the character in the future. We request new art and/or art that cannot be licensed to another company for use. We expect the winning artist will use the art in their artist’s portfolio and for sales of the art by the artist.


The winner of the contest will be credited with creating the character; will have their art featured on the 2018 t’shirts and other marketing; and will receive two complimentary passes to HexaCon 2018, being held January 19-21, 2018 in Denver Colorado.

Shiny Garden intends to write a paid contract with the winning artist to create the t’shirt and poster art for HexaCon 2018.

The winner will also be invited to participate in the Art Show at one of Shiny Garden’s other events.

Preparing your entry:

Entries must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum dimensions – 12” x 12”
  • Minimum resolution – 300 dpi
  • Background – Transparent
  • Accepted file formats – .ai  .eps  .png

Please include your vision of the character, which can include a character bio, the character’s favorite games, or any other information you feel is relevant. As this will be on shirts, using a maximum of around 8 colors is helpful for accurate depiction on fabric.


Please submit your entry to artcontest@hexacondenver.org.


Midnight (Mountain time) on Sunday November 26, 2017.

A Denver Tabletop Gaming Convention